We had the good fortune of connecting with Art Fieldty and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Art, what role has risk played in your life or career?
Risk-taking to me is gambling, taking a chance to see what is to come behind the door of a risky decision. But, unfortunately, we are all conditioned to grow up, go to college, pick a major, find an internship, land a career, work in that career for years, retire, and now have your freedom as long as you are wise with your finances. But what happens when that career is high stress and creates anxiety?
Do you stick with that career because you have invested so much effort, time, energy, and emotion…oh, and did I forget, I have to support a family I have built financially? My answer was to take a chance to make me happy/fulfilled and take a risk by creating an opportunity for a career change. I am very passionate about creativity and fashion. So my team and I started Fieldty Prints to make our brand of T-shirts, Jackets, etc. Through word of mouth, people found out what we do and wanted to contract us to print, embroider, and cut & sew for their brands. So far, this risky decision has paid off.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I am currently a Director of Talent Acquisition. What has made me successful was understanding evolution and shelf-life.
Both Shelf-life and Evolution are related. Your shelf life is determined by your ability to evolve with time and how fast industries are changing. If you are staying stagnant and not constantly looking and implementing new skills to improve and upgrade your brand, you will have a short life span in your career. You will find yourself taking a lot more lateral moves rather than growing in your career.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Well, that’s funny to ask. My BF was just recently in town. We hit the Uptown Farmers Market on Central and Bethany Home. Had dinner at the Windsor multiple times :-). He wanted to buy some new sneakers, so we went to Manor, which he was in sneaker heaven. Then he and his girlfriend went to Jerome and Sedona to spend some intimate time together.
When they came back, we decide to go to the 1st Bones AfterMarket downtown in the art district. it was a great time, with good music, food, and great creative people selling their unique art! It was dope!
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Recognition would definitely go to my brother Pop. He’s very creative and loves to push boundaries. I would like to give a special thanks to my wife Kris Fieldty as she is supportive and puts in a lot of work in the shop and with our kids. That’s key when you’re in a relationship. Your partner may not always get your vision but is willing to learn more in order to get on the same page so they can enable themselves to become supportive of the vision. I would also love to give credit to my Great Uncle and Aunt Dennis and Vanessa Ware. During my college years, whenever we I would be on break, I would crash at their place, and they would make me play this game called Cash Flow.
It’s a more realistic monopoly game. It teaches you about life and the ups and downs while trying to get out of the rat race by creating your financial freedom. A trend that I identified while playing, was that the person who got out the rat race faster was always prepared for a great opportunity that presenting itself, by having their priorities (finances and family responsibilities) in order.